Robinson Holds Baseball Forum In Houston

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: April 26, 2007

HOUSTON – Sharon Robinson, daughter of the legendary Jackie Robinson made several stops in Houston last week as part of her father’s commemorative 60th anniversary tour around ballparks in the major leagues.

Robinson, who also serves as Major League Baseball’s education programming consultant, has dedicated her life to carrying on her father’s legacy of helping others.

Ms. Robinson, along with Enos Cabell, Houston Astros special assistant to the general manager, started their day with a visit to Jones High School to speak to their baseball team in an effort to bring African-American players and fans back into the game of baseball.

During the forum, Robinson listened to the young men talk about the conditions of their playing field and the challenges that they faced. She was shocked to hear that the Jones Falcons baseball team had to deal with two-feet of grass last year on their field prior to the baseball season.

“Kids shouldn’t have to go through this kind of stuff,” Robinson said. “It’s places like this where the Astros and other companies need to step in to try to make a difference in the playing conditions of our youth.”

Robinson went on to share with the team, coaches and staff about the positive influences that blacks made in “America’s game”. She encouraged them to “stick with baseball and continue to work hard to have options in life.”

The Falcons, under fourth-year teacher/coach Omari Issa have a pretty good shot at winning the district title this season. “Jones hasn’t made it to the playoffs since the mid 80′s, “Coach Issa stated. “We only have two seniors so to make the playoffs this season will be very exciting.”

After the school visit, Robison returned to Minute Maid Park for a meet and greet session with the Houston Reviving Baseball (RBI) in Inner Cities boys and girls teams.

She spoke and encouraged interest in baseball with inner-city youth as a part of the Astros’ RBI program.

NOTES: During the Astros’ 60th anniversary celebration of her father’s debut, Ms. Robinson and former J.R. Richard participated in a pre-game ceremony held prior to the start of the Marlins-Astros game on April 15…….Both were joined by 42 RBI program participants on the field. After watching a video highlight presentation by the Astros of her father, Ms. Robinson greeted the crowd and threw out the ceremonial first-pitch to Astros manager Phil Garner…..Robinson was presented a check by owner Drayton McLane and Marian Harper in the amount of $40,000 for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.